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The First in 1000 Years

Imagine being the first person in your family tree in 1,000 years to do something radically different? I was reading about Christian missions in France and read this story which completely arrested me: Between the Children’s hour and the Ladies … Continue reading

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The anti-Alpha and Omega

Today in Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates marched on Washington, D.C. to solemnly commemorate life and protest the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that ruling, 55 million babies have lost their lives to abortion. I … Continue reading

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Tradition!

This just seems wrong. I’ll take a cold spill on real ice, thank you. And that thin spray of ice shavings you can kick up when you do a hockey-stop? I’d miss it. And this? How will the children ever … Continue reading

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The Moral Case for Free Enterprise

Don’t miss this powerful video about the American dream, why a free market is morally good, and why economic freedom will always mean personal freedom. The false narrative about “greedy” business people is not just a lie, it’s a manipulative … Continue reading

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The Dead President Dream

I had a dream last night that I was speaking to a dead president, actually I was practically wailing, begging for help for our nation’s predicaments. I specifically cried out to this specter of a president, white haired and stately, … Continue reading

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The Staggering Relevance of Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer’s been dogging me for decades and sometimes I do wish he’d back off, because he’s always reminding me that anything of value has a high price. I’m a tight-wad, I don’t like to pay high prices. Continue reading

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Why Claire Berlinski is Awesome

While Claire tells me exactly what is going on in Syria at this moment in totally understandable and frank terms, FoxNews thinks that today’s best world news is that a school principal in Trinidad puts students’ heads in toilets. Truly, … Continue reading

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Thursday Threads

Good Thursday to you! I’m too busy to write much or write well, but here are some threads catching my attention today. 1. The Iron Lady. This film is a biopic on Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom … Continue reading

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It’s like going into a strip bar and being offended by nudity.

It’s a Catholic University, for God’s sake. Really, it’s for God’s sake. And Muslims who CHOOSE of their own free will to pay lots of money and attend this Catholic religious educational institution, are now complaining and filed a 60 … Continue reading

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D-Day in Color

D-Day in color. By the numbers: 160,000 Allied troops, supported by more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, landed along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. While the Allies sustained major casualties–9,000 killed or wounded–more than 100,000 troops would go … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day

I suppose the only thing that puts the “happy” in Happy Memorial Day is the remembering. The importance of remembering is huge. So huge that if we forget, all really is lost. Remembrance leads to action. It is an act … Continue reading

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Giving to Japan: Please consider my friends the Millards

Do you wonder how to give responsibly and directly to the Japanese relief effort in the wake of the March 10, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster? I remember after Katrina, Haiti, and other colossal calamities, there was much waste … Continue reading

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Grieving with Poland

I’ve been emailing back and forth today with a friend in Poland. I’m hosting a young Polish girl this summer, the student of my friend who teaches English there. We went over the details of Julia’s itinerary and plans for … Continue reading

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Suite Française and Irene’s Story

A review of Irene Némirovsky’s stunning novel of humanity in chaos; her book remained undiscovered for 64 years after her death at Auschwitz.
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When you feel like giving up

Storm on Sea by Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky, 1899 Remember Winston Churchill’s words to Harrow School on a visit in October of 1941: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give … Continue reading

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The Advent of Freedom: celebrating 20 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this Thanksgiving month, what a reminder to give thanks to God for freedom, wherever it exists, both on the face of the earth and in our spirits. … Continue reading

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Corazon Aquino, former Philippines president, has died

I just read on the AP news: MANILA, Philippines – Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a “people power” revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, … Continue reading

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The American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Without the military and diplomatic skills of this Frenchman, history may have had a different ending.
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Parakeet Morality

How parakeet breeding led me to thoughts on a great moral issue: I stopped in the pet store yesterday to get some grit for the birds, to aid their digestion. While there, the kids reminded me of one of their … Continue reading

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Today at the salon…

A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously … Continue reading

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Zakaria Botros, unafraid to defy Islam

(1933 – present). A Coptic priest from Egypt, this evangelizer to the Muslim world preaches the gospel despite jailings, death threats and fatwahs.
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Berthe Fraser, from Housewife to French Resistance Hero

(1894-1956). She appeared to be an average French housewife, but was a hero of the French Resistance, fighting the WWII Nazi German occupation of France.
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: literary giant, light of truth

(1918-2008). Russian novelist and historian, imprisoned and exiled by the Stalin regime for writing about the crushing afflictions of Soviet Communism.
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I support Israel.

Just wanted to say that. Because I am SICK of the thousands of protesters from D.C. to Denmark who scream Free Palestine, and whine and curse about the cruelty and “holocaust” that Israel is perpetrating against Gaza. How DARE they … Continue reading

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Helen Suzman, voice of freedom for South Africa

(1917-2008). Jewish South African anti-apartheid activist, and for 13 years, the sole opposition lawmaker in parliament.
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Call to Prayer for the DRC

A map of the northeastern DR Congo, Uganda and Sudan, showing attacks attributed to the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels killed more than 400 people in Christmas massacres in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Caritas … Continue reading

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Before You Go

Before You Go, a Tribute to our aging veterans. For my Grandpa T., who served in WWI, and Uncle Doug who served in the Korean War. Do you have friends or family members who have served in wars to protect … Continue reading

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Olympics open, Russia invades Georgia, I get breakfast in bed.

Part I It’s a landmark day. Today marks the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Unlike any opening ceremony in Olympic history, China has outdone itself, and the sleeping giant awakens. My niece, Karen, recently returned from … Continue reading

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German Homeschooling Ban Comes to Blog Talk Radio Tomorrow!

If you’re following the crisis in Germany regarding that country’s ban on homeschooling, you may be interested in tuning in tomorrow to the new BlogTalkRadio Homeschool Show, live at 1 p.m. Central Time, Monday, July 21 (follow that link). You … Continue reading

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Free Speech

Another First Amendment right fundamental to a democracy, and why Hate Crimes legislation is eroding this right.
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America: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This next weekend ushers in the birthday of the United States of America! Here are a few word pictures from this past week from me, in small town America, 232 years and still going. I’ve included the good, the bad, … Continue reading

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Happy 60th Israel

May 8, 1948, Israel declared its independence. On May 14, Israel celebrates its official Independence Day. I support Israel. Visit the Israel @ 60 information headquarters for events in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Technorati Tags: Israel Independence, Israel

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Religious Rights of Students in Public Education

A commenter made a good observation on my previous post about the case of the Wisconsin high school art student receiving a Zero and subsequent detentions for including in his landscape drawing a cross and the lettering “John 3:16.” The … Continue reading

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Christ is Risen, Happy Easter!

Easter blessings to you all! Today I celebrate the reason I can live. Here is some wonderful news out of Italy, a Muslim converts to Christianity. Italy’s most prominent Muslim commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for … Continue reading

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Norman Rockwell: The People’s Painter

Dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime, yet brilliant in his portrayals of everyday American life. It’s time for a reevaluation of Rockwell.
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Art Heist: What’s Your Theory?

Artist: Claude Monet Title: Poppy Field Near Vetheuil Style: Impressionist Year: 1879 Location: A white van, last seen speeding away from the Bührle Collection Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Feb. 10, 2008, possibly headed to a corrupt Saudi collector or … Continue reading

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Electoral Compass: What’s Your Position?

My sister just emailed me a link to Electoral Compass – it’s a very handy quiz, with only 36 questions, to analyze how you align with each political candidate for the U.S. Presidential Election of 2008. Respond to each query, … Continue reading

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No guns, oh, and no free speech on public transit

The Texas woman who was kicked off the Forth Worth, Texas public transportation system “T” bus this past Saturday – was she concealing a weapon, endangering passengers with violent behavior, or selling drugs? No, she was reading her Bible to … Continue reading

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Anything for a Vote

I was listening to NPR the other day, and heard about “Caucus! The Musical,” a lighthearted musical comedy highlighting Iowa’s crucial role in the frenzied presidential nomination process. One of the songs was aired, “Anything for a Vote,” and here … Continue reading

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Yesterday in History: Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan

Yesterday I wanted to write about “This Day in History.” I didn’t have time…do you ever have a great idea for a blog post, do a bit of research, then, poof, your time is gone and there are real-life obligations … Continue reading

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Deals with the Devil

The Taliban released two female hostages on Monday, the Korea Times reported. There remain 19 South Korean hostages, 16 of whom are women. The Taliban have backed off somewhat on their demand for a prisoner swap, now demanding ransom – … Continue reading

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Taliban Murderers

I noticed a CNN story from July 22, in which a Taliban spokesman said that talks with South Korea over the fate of the 23 volunteer [Christian] aid workers were progressing well, and “the situation will be solved peacefully.” These … Continue reading

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Growing up on Rt. 666: Immigration Reform and Border Security

Just give me some border security, and the only other thing I ask is for Mexico to clean up the homeland a sufficient amount so their natives will remain there and enjoy their own beloved country. I grew up on … Continue reading

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Melissa’s Birthday Cake

I promised to post a picture of our birthday cake for Melissa, and here it is! Sixteen candles, and I hope it was truly a sweet sixteen after such an ordeal. Melissa, you are a brave young lady, and your … Continue reading

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Welcome Home, Melissa and Happy Birthday!

Wow, I was so thrilled to read the news that Melissa Busekros is now back home with her family in Erlangen, Germany! Today is her 16th birthday, giving her some rights that she previously did not possess. The Youth Welfare … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer executed today in 1945

Monday, April 9 – today’s date – in 1945, was the morning of the hanging of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the Flossenburg Concentration Camp. German pastor, writer, dissident, and martyr. A great force behind the German Resistance to Hitler’s Nazi regime. … Continue reading

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Britons back home, Happy Easter! But why?

Billed as an Easter gift, the Iranian government released the 15 British sailors and marines, and they have arrived on their beloved home soil in time for Good Friday services and the Easter celebration. When I heard the news of … Continue reading

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Scopes in reverse

Here in my pretty part of the world, I read a very ugly story in my local paper last week. The Bend Bulletin’s front page story on March 20 was titled “Sisters fires a new teacher for presenting creationism.” The … Continue reading

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Stop the world, I want to get off!

And what of the new German case of the Brause family?! What in the world? Two parents with college degrees, a judge who acknowledges the children are “well-educated,” yet the court has taken custody of the five children away from … Continue reading

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In Him we live and move and have our being

I thought I’d take the Apostle Paul’s tactic with Athens, and quote some poetry for Germany. Around A.D. 50, Paul went to preach in Athens, then eminently famous for learning, philosophy, and fine arts. And godless idolatry. The Athenians actually … Continue reading

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The child is not the mere creature of the state

In heartbreaking news on the Busekros case yesterday, the Appeals Court in Germany upheld the decision of the lower court against the Busekros family. So, as it currently stands, Melissa is still held hostage by the German authorities, and her … Continue reading

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Condoleezza, what about Germany?

The annual Human Rights Report was released by the State Department yesterday. I was curious, in light of the case of the German homeschooler, Melissa Busekros, the 15 year old girl who was forcibly removed from her home last month … Continue reading

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